Daimler’s Chinese-Built Denza 400 Comes With Upgraded Battery And Longer Range

Daimler’s interest in electric cars gave birth to the Denza, China’s first Sino-German joint venture developed together with BYD.

A few weeks ago, reports about the German colossus speeding up Mercedes’ electric car agenda seemed to focus only on the Stuttgart-based car maker, but it looks like Daimler extended its portfolio of new energy vehicles (NEV) with the introduction of this particular model.

The Denza isn’t a new vehicle, as Daimler and its Chinese partner BYD have lifted the veil off their model at the Beijing Auto Show, two years ago. Described as “Made in China, for China”, the car featured a 47.5 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery, framed by a lightweight aluminum case with extrusion profiles, that could offer a driving range of up to 300 km (186 miles).

The second generation, however, called the Denza 400, offers increased battery capacity from 47.5 kWh to 62 kWh, and an upgraded range up to 400 km (248 miles) – hence the name. Battery charging can be done at any household power outlet, public charging facilities or special wall boxes; the latter reducing charging times from seven hours to less than an hour.

Styling wise, nothing has changed, as the Denza remains a roomy, family car with a trunk volume of 460 liters (16.24 cu-ft). Since the car’s launch in September 2014 (with a starting price of RMB 369,000/$59,250), Daimler and BYD sold nearly 3000 units.

“Our joint venture BDNT unites the best of Sino-German cooperation in new energy vehicles. Already offering safe, reliable and convenient electric vehicles from and for China, the DENZA 400 with upgraded range offers our Chinese customers a further improved driving experience,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Greater China.


  • Six_Tymes

    I like this a lot. its not over styled like many cars. what does the interior look like? the range seems good.

    • Kash

      Click the “lifted the veil off…” link. the interior is pretty simple but looks nice. the rear though is weird.

      • Bash

        interior is nice!!! the back kind of reminded me of the BMW and merc, .. its a nice car… it looks nicer than the Polo up IMO…

    • Matt

      The rear is certainly over-styled with that odd space-sapping recessed rear screen.

      Overall it looks like a chinesafied 1st Gen Mercedes B-Class.

    • Impressed

      Interior? Click on link in text above,
      which should be same as:

  • Impressed

    250 mile range is impressive. I quite like this car; would buy it tomorrow if the price was right and available locally.

  • jfalckt

    Quite an achievement to make such a bland mix up of designs, it’s like it should be in Grand Theft Auto

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